Wednesday, 1 August 2012

August Wader Challenge

Lade - 0600hrs - warm, drizzle, low cloud, sunny later, s2 - A muggy start to the day and a few more moths in the trap including 5 Garden Tigers and 2 Dusky Sallows. Several Willow Warblers could be heard in back garden cover and a couple of Yellow Wags called overhead.
Littlestone - 1700hrs - Being as we`ve moved into August it is now officially Wader Month, so thought I`d set myself a bit of a challenge and see how many species I can find locally by the 31st.
Low tide at Littlestone was as good a place as any to kick things off and number one on the list was my favourite the Oystercatcher, with 250 feeding on the sands along with 150 Curlews. Two adult Barwits were soon located along with singles of Turnstone, Ringed Plover and, rather surprisingly a Whimbrel as species number six.
Was good to see the House Martin colony on one of the beach front houses doing well with much coming and going as adults fed nest bound juvs.

                                         Ringed Plover

1 comment:

  1. Hey Paul. You have a nice blog. I've been reading your posts for some weeks and I really like it.